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Missing Cork Harbour Kayaker Has Lucky Escape

1st August 2019
RNLI Crosshaven RNLI Crosshaven

A large multi agency operation was launched after a kayaker was reported missing after a 2 man kayak capsized between Fountainstown and Myrtleville.

The volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI were tasked at 1.37pm to attend the area after one of the kayakers made it to shore and raised the alarm.

On scene, the lifeboat initiated a search of the area, before being informed the second occupant had also made it to shore on their own and had checked in with the authorities.

The crew of the lifeboat recovered the kayak into the care of Crosshaven Coast Guard at Fountainstown beach. The two casualties had no medical issues.

Rescue helicopter 117 was also tasked along with Crosshaven Coast Guard. A RIB was also launched from the Naval Vessel, LE George Bernard Shaw to the scene.

The lifeboat under the command of Aidan O’Connor with Molly Murphy and Jenna O’Shea returned to the station and declared ready for service at 3.20pm.

Commenting on the incident, Lifeboat Operations Manager Patsy Fegan, reminded all water users to carry a means of calling for help when afloat, whether it be a VHF, a mobile phone in a waterproof jacket or flares.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats Team

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